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SHOTGUN WEDDING has high production values and offers a fun mix of action, romance and comedy. The action sequences are well executed, and the leads are convincing and engaging in their roles. SHOTGUN WEDDING is also consistently funny. It also has a surprisingly positive message on marriage. For example, the bride and groom work together to overcome obstacles, resolve issues, and understand and help each other. However, other couples are not so morally uplifting. SHOTGUN WEDDING also has lots of strong and light obscenities and profanities and strong action violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
SHOTGUN WEDDING an R-rated comedy thriller on Amazon Prime starring Jennifer Lope, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Coolidge, and Cheech Marin. It tells the harrowing but humorous tale of Tom and Darcy as they prepare for their big wedding bash in the Philippines. Contending with each other’s personal insecurities and family drama, they are beset by a group of pirates who take the wedding party hostage to extort ransom money from Darcy’s father (Cheech Marin). The soon-to-be-newlyweds spring into action in ways as awkward and unexpected as any non-professional anti-piracy force in their situation would be. Can the bride and groom come together for more than the ceremony and manage to save their wedding guests and themselves from the monetary machinations of a band of pirates, scoundrels and scalawags?
This romantic action comedy has high production values and a surprisingly positive message on marriage. The effective shots of exotic Filipino vistas which are the setting of the groom’s planned fairytale wedding, besides their beauty, contrast strongly with the movie’s real conflict, the unexpected pirate invasion and occupation. Action sequences are well executed with hilarity and no excessive blood or gore. The leads are convincing and engaging in their roles, distinguish themselves as an unlikely hero and heroine couple. They receive plenty of help in livening up the story from supporting cast members such as Cheech Marin playing Darcy’s father, Robert, and Lenny Kravits playing her former fiancée, Sean. SHOTGUN WEDDING is consistently funny. Though it occasionally has the viewer laughing out loud, its power is in the subtler and deeper chuckles it may elicit from anyone who is or has been married to the right person. It’s the story of two ordinary people thrown into an extraordinary situation who come to see that they do love each other despite their personality differences and lack of full understanding. The movie is both enjoyable and relatable, as are the two leads and their characters. It is quite refreshing to see Amazon Studios pull off an effective comedy without recourse to its trademark move of pushing the woke pansexual religion in viewers’ faces. However, the movie does have many strong and light obscenities and profanities, plus some lewd and bawdy dialogue and strong, intense action violence.
SHOTGUN WEDDING’s overall worldview is a mix of biblical morality with Romantic elements. It promotes a surprisingly positive message on the nature and experience of marriage between one man and one woman. As such, it’s a breath of fresh air in the face of postmodern pessimism on the subject. The bride and groom work out their misunderstandings regarding their personality differences in a very real, respectful and heartfelt way, though they do so extemporaneously because of the unexpected nature of the pirate invasion. For example, Darcy comes to see Tom’s desire for a big wedding as an attempt to communicate to her that she is his treasure. Tom comes to see that his obsessing is unnecessary and his insecurity regarding Darcy’s former fiancée is foolish. They also offer something not often seen in films today: a man and wife (the ceremonial part comes later) working together to overcome obstacles, resolve issues, understand and help each other, and functioning in many ways as a husband and wife should. This biblical picture of man and wife, Christ and the Church, is a powerful biblical theme on display. Even Tom’s Romantic notion of love that all he needs in life is Darcy doesn’t erase the movie’s moral, biblical foundation. For this reason, SHOTGUN WEDDING is a diamond in the rough in the romantic comedy genre.
Despite the positive example set by the two romantic leads in SHOTGUN WEDDING, other couples are unfaithful, and other people at the wedding want to sleep together. SHOTGUN WEDDING also has many strong and light obscenities and profanities and lots of intense action violence where many bad guys bite the dust. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
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